Indiana gets Massacred on Valentine's, Loses Fourth Straight

By J.M. Nicholas

The Miami Heat closed out their third consecutive road game in as many nights with a route of the Indiana Pacers on Valentine’s day. The 105-90 score was not indicative of the domination Miami expressed throughout the game. The Heat jumped out to an early 19-9 lead and never looked back. At one point, the lead ballooned to 35 points.

The Heat became the third team this season to sweep their back-to-back-to-back games. They were the first team since 1979 to sweep three games in three days on the road, and the first team since 1971 to do so by three double-digit wins.

The near-sellout crowd of 18,165 saw Lebron James lead the game with 23 points. The King also added nine rebounds, seven assists, and four steals to his total. Miami shot 50 percent from the floor and over 85 percent from the free throw line.

Indiana was led by David West, who scored 14 points, but could muster up very little more than that as a team. The Pacers did have six players score in double figures, but were never really in contention after a pitiful 16-point first quarter. Danny Granger left the game with a left ankle sprain and did not return. Granger’s status is day-to-day.

The Pacers have lost four in a row, their longest losing streak of the season, and now face three consecutive games of their own. These two teams will meet again, in Miami, on March 10th.

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